In Memory

John Bowles

John Bowles

  MSGT John D. Bowles, USAF Retired, 54, of Tucson passed away January 2, 2006. Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home and Memorial Park with Rev. Wayne Oglesby officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home, 5750 HWY 277 South.

Mr. Bowles was preceded in death by both of his parents, John & Evelyn Bowles. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 35 years, Dalene; his children, Jeri Ann and Jason Bowles of Tucson; his brother Carl Bowles of Austin, and sister Charlotte Hayes of Hawley; and several nieces and nephews.

John served his country in the USAF for 24 years. After an extended illness, John rehabilitated and worked hard to become a valuable employee at the VA Hospital in Tucson. He was named Employee of the Quarter shortly before his untimely passing. We will always love you! 



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02/05/09 10:44 PM #1    

Becky Barbee (Lawry)

I did not know John had passed away. We were good buddies, especially in Jr. High at Franklin. He was the one who ran up to me in the hallway near our lockers in 7th grade and blurted out that President Kennedy had been shot. I recall saying something like "That isn't funny, John! Don't say things like that!" Our next class was Texas History and our teacher way laying across her desk sobbing and the reality began to hit us all. I recall how happy I was for John when he met Daylene and was madly head over heals in love with her. I am so sad to learn of his passing! Becky (Barbee)

02/06/09 10:49 PM #2    

Mike Patton

When I was five I ran away from home. Two doors away to "Darwin's" house. We had just moved from Graham and he wasn't just my best friend, he was my only friend. I got lucky. We ruled the neighborhood. Hornytoads were certainly not safe with us on the loose!!!

I think it was Bowles that invented the saying..."You Dafaffy Lookin $%^&."

Definately a good guy.


02/09/09 10:48 AM #3    

John Bradshaw

I have not made contact with anyone from our class for all these years, and I am sorry to now know John is gone. We were not close friends, but I know I could count on John for help, if needed. He will be missed, but is at a much better place, now.

02/18/09 10:44 AM #4    

Ron Wommack

I keep this picture of John and Frank Tuscany and Bruce Newman on my bulletin board, it seems to just travel with me. I guess all the crazy good times we had are just part of your spirit and psyche. When John went away, some of me seemed to fade too.

03/12/09 06:38 PM #5    

Maureen Tally (Force)

I knew John as well, as he dated a good friend of mine, Vivian Schadle. I cant remember how long they dated, but I think it was quite a while. So sad, that some leave this earth way too early. If anyone knows where Vivian is, I would to know. (By the way, Vivian and I are Cooper 69 grads) but we knew a lot of the Abilene High gang, 68 grads too.

04/28/09 09:01 PM #6    

D. C. Roberts

I took John's obit and placed it in the 69 yearbook at the library as with others that have passed. Just to let anyone who happens to look that they have not been and will never will be forgotten. John was a good guy.

11/11/09 08:38 AM #7    

Barbara Anderson (Gaskins)

John, thank you so so much for serving our country
and keeping me and my family safe. Even though you are not here for us to honor in person, please know we all are thinking of you and miss you. You were part of our GREAT class and always will be!

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